By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – City Mayor Hamilton Green says that the two city constabulary officers that were recently dismissed after they became pregnant would be reinstated by Wednesday, August 05.
Green, in an interview with iNews, indicated that the reinstatement of the two women would be “favourably considered” by Chief Constabulary Officer Andrew Foo and the city council.
“The matter is set to be reviewed and be adjusted by the morning….it will be favourably reconsidered by the Chief Constable over the next couple of hours,” said Green.
The two women, according to media reports, were dismissed by Foo after they were found to be pregnant.
Reports indicate that as a policy, female constabularies are asked not to become pregnant during the first two years of their employment, since such is considered to be probationary period and would be against the by laws that govern the constabulary.
Foo is quoted in the Stabroek News as saying “becoming pregnant would seriously limit their ability to function but if they do become pregnant they have the option of resigning and at the end of their maternity once their performance has been good, they can return to the constabulary.”
On Tuesday, Commissioner on the Women and Gender Equality Commission, Nicole Cole was joined by political activist and Leader of the Independent Party, Mark Benschop as they protested the dismissal of the two workers.
“This policy smacks of discrimination all the way from the colonial days and we are calling for a review of the case and to reinstate the women. How are they going to get jobs?…to have such a policy violates the human rights,” said Cole.
She said the draconian law is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of women.